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    How long do you spend?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by superman, Jul 20, 2011.

    Just out of interest, how long do u spend writing per week/how many words. I know it can vary.

    The first week i started mine i wrote 11,500 words.
     
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    I don't count word/week or even -/day. I just spend as much time as I can with my novel because I just love writing it. I don't set word-goals, but I do write every day with few exceptions. There can be days when I write 3000 words or more, other days I just write a few hundred, it depends on many things such as where I am in the story, how tired /inspired I am, how much free time I have after work and so on.
     
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    I try to hit about 2500 words a day. Some days I do, some days I can write more, up to like 10,000 words. Of course, sometimes I don't manage. But that's my goal, at least.
     
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    I try and get 3000 done a week at the very least, usually I handwrite the chapter, and then transfer it to the computer screen. Depends on how many projects I've got on the go
     
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    I just write when I can and for as long as I can stand or until something comes up that causes me to start but I try to write everyday and when I sit and write for long periods of time I keep writing until I can tell that the quality of my work is starting to drop.
     
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    For my current novel it has worked like so:

    • By the end of week one I had 50,000 words.
    • By the end of week four I had 75,000 words.
    • At the end of two months I had 125,000 words.
    • The next 57,000 words took me another six and a half months to write.

    It depends on my schedule and what projects I'm working on: some I place more priority on and some are more emotionally draining than others. For example, five months into this novel I put it on hold to work on a story for a charity anthology, with the profits going to help victims of the Tohoku earthquake. Exams at college started shortly after so it stayed on hold until they finished.
     
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    Today I have done ~2,500. Yesterday I got done ~3,200, and I intend on continuing the pattern until my book is done.

    Of course, not forcing anything. Forcing something is always a bad thing as it will take away from the natural creativity. In my opinion, at least.
     
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    Sadly didn't get a single word written today. Very unusual. Worked late and then my friends dragged me out for ice cream and Harry Potter. Then I went to bed... where I am.

    Normally I write about an hour or two each day, and the result is usually between 2-5000 words. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but I'd say that's a very rough average.
     
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    I wrote 30k words from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening when I started the story, then write a bit now and then as I have the time and inspiration. Aka whenever I bother. :p
     
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    I try my best to bang out a 20+ page chapter a week, that gives my technical editor time to fix grammar and the like, which usualy takes 2 weeks as I am not her only client.
    Once she gets it back to me I can go through it again and try to cut out the trash lines, and add more details where needed, then it goes back to the first editor who starts all over again. It usualy takes me a good month and a half to get a finalized product, and sadly anything I send to the content editor usualy ends up getting re done again, just small tweeks that pull the whole section in tighter.

    I work 6 hrs a night on my book, 6 days a week. Sometimes in that 6 hrs I only write a few K words, other times it is in the tens of K.
    Just depends, last night I relized there were a few holes in my research and had to stop go back and try to find the information I was missing, other times it is all in my head laid out and waiting to be unleashed.
     
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    Wow, there are some very fast writers around here! I'm happy with 1,000 words a day. Some days they just drag out, other days I can keep going, but I tend to stop at 1,000 anyway. I have to keep some "fun" in it, and if I push too hard, well, there goes the fun, and probably the quality of writing too.
     
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    Lols, for me, I've noticed my writing works like a learning curve.

    When I first start a new project, I write the bulk of it in the first couple days. About 45,000 to 50,000 in like the first four days. It's odd, but it's happened like this each time. Maybe because I'm so excited and inspired the the "newness" of the project. But once I reach my height, I start dropping drastically and hit my plateau which is about 750 - 2500 words per day of which I can keep momentum going in a steady stream.
     
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    hahaha

    Some great responses, and i havent written anything in 4 days :O i will definitely get some done tomorrow.

    Sometimes i feel its great to just write as much as you can, then go back and delete most of the crap to reveal the beauty that lies beneath lol.
     
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    :D too true!
     
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    If I plot my writing habits on a scattergraph, there would be no patterns. I write whenever and for as long as I feel like writing, which can range from zero to thousands of words per day.
     
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    You guys are animals! :p I only manage between 500-4000 a week.
     
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    I find it's easiest to not plan by the day, but to set a date that I want to hit a certain word count by. For example, instead of saying I want to write 3,000 words today, I just tell myself that I want to hit the 75,000 word mark by the end of the month. That way I don't feel guilty if I don't reach my daily goal due to other circumstances...which I've found can be quite discouraging.
     
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    Depends, when I first start writing a story/screenplay, I churn out words quickly. I slow down substantially as I go through and start editing what I've already written. If i was to give an average, it would be anywhere between 1000 - 2000 words a week.
     
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    I usually write longhand. I don't really measure in words, but in notebook pages. Some days I get one or two pages, and my record for one day is fifteen pages. That equals about ten or eleven typed pages for me.
     

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